by Amy Tjaden News Editor


If you’re looking for a fun, education activity to engage the kids, just look up.

August 11th and 12th mark the best nights to witness the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. If you can get away from city lights then you may be in for a treat. Stargazers may be able to see one to two meteors per minute. Astronomers are predicting an enhanced shower on Wednesday morning between 2 and 3a.m.

The Perseid shower, named so because it appears to generate from the constellation Perseus, is one of the fastest moving. Meteors are actually tiny bits of rock that burn up in the earth’s atmosphere. That is about the extent of my knowledge on meteors. But I’m going to use the opportunity to explore this topic with the kids.

I’m sure I can get them excited about the topic, especially when I tell them we’ll be hanging outside at night while lounging in lawn chairs or across a blanket and eating popcorn.

Here are some great links to further your knowledge (and mine) of meteors.

Top 10 Perseid Meteor Facts

Glossary of Meteor Terms

Check out the Homeschool Freebie of the Day from for additional links and resources.

Have fun!

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